Way to Christ
1. WHAT is
the ground of justification on God's part?
"That being justified by
His grace, we should be made heirs according to
the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:7.
2. What is
the means through which this justifying grace is made available to the
more then, being now justified by His [Christ's] blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through Him." Rom. 5:9.
3. How is
justification laid hold upon?
we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of
the law." Rom. 3:28.
4. What is
the only way sinners may be justified, or made righteous?
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we
might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the
law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Gal.
concrete example makes clear the meaning of this doctrine?
brought him [Abraham] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and
tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So
shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to
him for righteousness." Gen. 15:5,6.
6. How is the
righteousness thus obtained described?
found in Him, not having thine own righteousness, which is of the law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is
of God by faith." Phil. 3:9.
7. Upon what
basis is justification granted?
"And not as
it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was
by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto
justification." Rom. 5:16.
8. Upon what
basis does the reward come to one who works?
"Now to him that
worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of
debt." Rom. 4:4.
9. Upon what condition is faith reckoned for
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him
the ungodly, his
faith is counted for righteousness." Verse 5.
10. How does
grace, as the ground of justification, exclude righteousness by works?
by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But
if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more
work." Rom. 11:6.
11. In what
way are both Jews and Gentiles to be justified?
"Is He the God of
the Jews only? is He not also of the Gentiles? Yes,
of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the
circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith." Rom.
statement testifies to Abraham's faith in God?
"He staggered not at
the promise of God through unbelief; but was
strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that
what He had promised, He was able also to perform." Rom. 4:20,21.
13. What did
this bring to him?
therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Verse 22.
How may we receive this same imputed righteousness?
"Now it was not
written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe
on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead." Verses
15. Why must
justifying faith lay hold upon both the death and the resurrection of
delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our
justification." Verse 25. See 1 Cor. 15:17.
resurrection of Christ, the promised Seed (Gal. 3:16), was necessary in
order to fulfill to Abraham the promise of an innumerable seed; and
therefore Abraham's faith in the promise of God, which included the
resurrection, was reckoned to him for righteousness. His faith laid hold
upon that which made imputed righteousness possible. See Heb. 11:17-19.
16. What is
inseparable from the experience of justification by faith?
known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is
preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by Him all that
believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be
justified by the law of Moses." Acts 13:38,39.
17. How has
Christ made it possible for righteousness to be imputed to the believer?
by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience
of one shall many be made righteous." Rom. 5:19.
prophetic declaration foretold this truth?
the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall
glory." Isa. 45:25.
other prediction asserts the same great truth?
His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall
bear their iniquities." Isa. 53:11.
20. What does
the imputed righteousness of Christ enable God to do, and still be just?
declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He
just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Rom.
21. By what
name is Christ appropriately called?
"Behold, the days come, saith
the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King
shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the
earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is
His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
blessed experience follows upon the acceptance of Christ as
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ." Rom. 5:1.
23. What does
Christ thus become to the believer?
is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the
middle wall of partition between us." Eph. 2:14.
24. On what
basis is there no possibility of justification for the sinner?
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified
in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Rom. 3:20.
25. How does
the death of Christ bear testimony to this?
"I do not frustrate the
grace of God: for if righteousness
come by the
law, then Christ is
dead in vain." Gal. 2:21.
26. What is
proved by any attempt to be justified by the law?
is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified
by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Gal. 5:4.
27. Why did
Israel fail to attain unto righteousness?
Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained
to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by
faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at
that stumblingstone." Rom. 9:31,32.
28. What is
revealed by the law?
law is the knowledge of sin." Rom. 3:20.
bears witness to the genuineness of the righteousness obtained by faith,
apart from the deeds of the law?
now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets." Verse 21.
faith set aside the law of God?
then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish
the law." Verse 31.
scripture shows that the righteousness which is received by grace through
faith must not be made an excuse for continuing in sin?
shall we say then ? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer
therein?" Rom. 6:1,2.
faith exclude works?
wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James
33. What is
the evidence of genuine, living faith?
me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my
works." Verse 18.
then, are the visible proofs of genuine justification by faith?
then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith
only." Verse 24. See also verse 22.
great exchange has been wrought for us in Christ?
hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him." 2 Cor. 5:21.
Luther: "Learn to know Christ and Him crucified. Learn to sing a new
song - to despair of your own works, and to cry unto Him, Lord Jesus, Thou
art my righteousness, and I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken upon Thee what was
mine, and given to me what was Thine; what Thou wast not Thou becamest,
that I might become what I was not." -D'Aubigne's "History of the
Reformation," book 2, chap. 8.
Jesus, sinless is He;
Father, impute His life unto me.
My life of
scarlet, my sin and woe,
His life, whiter than snow.
Deep are the
wounds transgression has made:
Red are the stains; my soul is afraid.
be covered, Jesus, with Thee,
Safe from the
law that now judgeth me!
joy of pardon to know;
out a robe white as snow:
"Lord, I accept it! leaving my own,
I wear Thy pure life alone."
His death for my sin,
Justified by His life pure and clean,
obeying His word,
when returneth my Lord,
F. E. BELDEN.
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